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Long-time Williamstown resident Ann Morrow should be enjoying her retirement by now, but feels conscience-bound to do all she can to lighten the burden of asylum seekers struggling for a secure haven in Australia.

Ann mastered many challenges during her long and varied career: from becoming the first female Mayor of Malvern in 1979 to being appointed CEO of the Victorian Education Department.

But her role as President of Hobson Bay Refugee Network has proved her most challenging yet. Ann and close friend Dorothy Page started the organisation in 2001.

Both were alarmed when the Australian government denied access to a Norwegian freighter, the Tampa, to Australian waters. The Tampa was carrying more than 400 refugees who had been rescued from drowning.

Since then the network has helped out with finding accommodation for refugee families, providing white goods and bicycles, education costs and general individual support and representation.

Ann and the committee of HBRN are hoping you can join them this month at a fundraising screening of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again on Friday, July 20 at The Sun theatre in Yarraville.

Tickets are $25 through and all proceeds will go directly to helping asylum seekers in the west. Please book early for catering purposes. Arrival time is 6.45pm for a 7pm screening.  Enquiries to Sue Cram 0408 578 359

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